Saturday, May 31, 2008
Odd Can Be Beautiful
Paris is a genus of unusual woodland plants, cousins to trilliums. The genus name doesn't refer to the city, but rather comes from the root word pars , referring to the symmetry of the leaves. The plant pictured, I obtained under the name Paris lancifolia; at first I was dubious about the correctness of this name (and I'm still not certain), for the few pictures I could find showed much thinner (more lanceolate) leaves. However, I have the impression now that plants from the southern reaches of its range in Taiwan have much thinner leaves than those from further north in Sichuan, China, where I assume my plant came from. At any rate, it's a lovely thing, if a bit odd. It stays in "bloom" for a long time, and it's one of those plants that nine out of ten garden visitors will walk right by, but when you point it out, they'll really like it.
What's the scale on that ring of stamens? Dime sized is my guess, but I'd be interested to know what it is!
Another unusual stunner you have there, Don! I quite like this odd bloom, but I can see how people would just go by without noticing, but sometimes those can be intriguing blooms too. We finally got a very good close up of Holly in bloom and I was amazed they were that pretty and complex...Post a Comment